Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Yakima GloryYakima Glory

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

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Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent dark chestnut toned brown with tons of CO2 rising to the top. A fluffy tan head of silk slowly fades into a floating cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of citrusy, piney hops with notes of rye, cocoa, ripe fruite, spices, and saw dust.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some woody notes that lead to a borderline acidic flavor. Sort of a strange, dry, astringent, grainy flavor follows that I'm on the fence about. I liked it at first but it starts to turn me off and make me wish that I didn't have an entire pint of this to finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, astringent, zingy, spicy, dry, and lip smacking with an astringent bite that makes this less balanced and leaning way on the bitter side of the spectrum than a balanced beer.
I'm not sure I'd classify this as a Double IPA. It reminds me a little bit of a beer my good friend, Shaun Hill brewed a few years back called Isabella(named after my daughter). This one has a unique hoppiness and a distinct dryness to it that gives me a "rye" impression. The lack of a malty backbone is the only thing that seems to be suffering in this beer. I'd be curious to try it on cask at some point.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber with beige lumpu head that holds, rims and leaves good lacey rings. Gooey resiny orange nose and maybe a hint of chocolate.
Milk chocolate and nectarine jam with fresh leaf hop, a bit of citrus, plus herbal and funkiness that cloys as it warms.
Compote end and cherry skin bitter linger. Medium to full, chewy, sticky, a bit of oil, slight burn.

Tastes like wet hop, and a funky one at that. But it degrades into something like bad homebrew – the dangers of over dry-hopping, I think. Too harsh, I don’t get the balance everyone else mentions and not dark enough to be a CDA.

A mess, and a surprise coming from Victory.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful colour, slightly less expansive aroma, and a delightfully robust taste profile - albeit tasting far boozier than its 8.7% should require. Not quite as hoppy as I had hoped for a "Black IPA", but still a drinkable pint. Would like to find a draught tap to see what, if any, complexity or balance is added via time in a barrel...

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval chalice, and paired with lamb chops with potatoes. This beer didn't do the pairing justice unfortunately.

Poured with a nice fizzy head of 2 cm with dark amber appearance and subtle hues of gold. Excellent lacing. Nose really left something to be desired, nothing significant, definitely hops, but very mild - would like to see a bit more fruit or chocolate, or something dynamic.

My first reaction to this was that the taste was as equally undynamic as the nose, but it definitely grew on me. Certainly grainy, hops, but also a bit of acidic spices. Bitterness is in the aftertaste, but with medium body and light carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable brew considering its ABV, but not my favorite strong ale, thats for sure.

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Photo of wsantas
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Crafty Draught GA

A: red Amber Brown, slight rim of froth
S: Citrus, Malt, Airy, Syrup
T: Malts, nutty, bitter, tobacco back end
M: medium, creamy
O: Bold and bitter, but lacking uniqueness. Good beer, not great for me. Would pass over for something a little less bitter.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and blue label with a hop leaf (or weed?) in the background.
"Yakima Glory" no longer "Yakima Twilight".

Clear russet color, tight cap of foam, sheets of lacing.

Smell reminds me of multivitamins... not sure what's up there.
Green hop herbals and malt sweetness. Medicinal.

Flavor is similarly sweet and medicinal, some roasted malts and resiny hop bitterness bleed through. In the aftertaste the flavors seem to delineate more, up front it's more discordantly bitter and boozy in a muddled way. Clean herbal bitterness at first, husky toasted malts in the middle.

Even carbonation, ok feel.
Not really jiving with this one, probably one and done for me.

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Photo of mattbk
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown, not black, I suppose this is ok? Nice head on it. Appears sort of watery though.
S- Slight hoppiness, sweet, not much here though. Definitely not a full hop bouquet I was expecting from this style. The hops I get are sort of... soapy?
T- Bitterness, some malt/caramel sweetness, no roastiness present, alcohol drying in the finish. But not a whole lot of taste actually. I checked the date? Enjoy by Oct 26, 2012. This doesn't seem right.
M- Best part of this beer, medium full, creamy texture, just the right amount of carbonation.
O- Usually my complaint on black IPAs is that the malt doesn't add enough to the IPA dimension. In this case the hops were clearly muted, and what was left didn't have much taste. Disappointed.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by date is Dec 2010.

Appearance: Brownish red beer becomes a bright garnet when held to the light. The head is huge, creamy and tries to escape my tulip. After 20 minutes, its still covering the surface of the beer and the top third of the glass is wrecked with sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet dark malts and citrusy hops. Interesting nose that bounces around a bunch of different smells-- bready, caramel, butterscotch, and citrus and earthy hops. I like it, but its a little weird.

Taste: Also weird. More weird than the smell. The maltiness is more bready and roasty and less sweet than the smell. That combined with the fairly prominent hoppiness leads to a beer that is more bitter than I had hoped for. Again, quite a few different flavors come together, and clash. The finish is bitter (roasty) and sticks to the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy, nicely carbonated beer. Sticky on the tongue from the big hop load.

Drinkability: I've been drinking these for the last month or so, thinking it would grow on me and I would see what lots of other people see, but that's not happening. Its just kind of messy and doesnt come together. Not bad, but not great, at all.

Edit 11/22/10-- Just got a very fresh sixpack and its a whole different world. Hoppy, caramelly, and toasty. More like a India brown ale than a black IPA, but damn good. Balanced and cohesive.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing much on the nose, unfortunately. I was really looking forward to a big hop burst, but I got almost nothing of the sort. There is a little floral note on top of some rich caramel maltiness.

The beer looks beautiful. I knew it was hoppy but didn't know it was an American Black Ale. It pours like a porter with a nice slightly off-white head. Lacing is generous but the head drops into the beer quickly.

The taste is where the hops are in Yakima Glory. I get a nice burst of light citrus in the front, but it finishes with heavy floral notes. There is a little bit of roast, which I don't care for in my ABA's, but it's not distracting enough to take away from the beer at all. Nice job on the flavor creations here.

It's somewhat heavy on the body, but not quite in the heavy category. Carbonation is quite high, between your standard APA and Belgian beer I would say. Finishes dry, just how I like them.

Overall this is a fine beer, I would probably buy this again over most other ABA beers out there. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful dark crimson color with a light beige one-finger head. Better than average retention.

Smell- Malts, bready and sweet. tobacco, cherry, spices, earthy. Slight hop scent.

Taste- Much more hop-prevalant than the scent would lead one to believe. Very IPA. Malts are hidden underneath, would like them to be a bit more forward, but oh well. Slight alcohol bite at 8.7% ABV but that's not a bad thing in my book.

Overall- Taste was a slight let down from such a beautiful appearance and aroma, but in no way is this a bad beer... just not an excellent one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at State Line a while back. I'm always excited by new Victory beers, let's see how this one is.

Is this an IPA? Seriously? Deep crimson in color, there's nothing pale about this, but in this age of black IPAs, I have to let this slide. A dense light brown head caps the beer, receding to a disk, leaving some lace. Quite attractive.

This is not very IPA-like, but is still very good. Strong pine and grapefruit bitterness, along with a delicate herbal, minty character stand toe to toe with a burnt caramel sweetness, with a touch of buckwheat honey, and a tobacco character. While wholly unconventional, this is still great stuff. Fruity, with the combination of hops and caramel reminding me of poached pears. There's also a mild rye-like character present.

The palate isn't half as good, though. This is an explosion of pine up front, with nowhere near as much malt complexity as I got on the nose. Some dark caramel is apparent, but the pine bitterness is quite overpowering, along with grapefruit pith. The pine resin really takes over the finish, leaving a mildly astringent character. A rye-like spiciness is noticeable mid-palate. Whiffs of alcohol are also present. Medium in body with medium carbonation, the palate is OK, but the excessively bitter character of the finish really makes this difficult to appreciate, and enjoy in large amounts. An interesting beer, nonetheless

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights. Average lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Way darker than I was expecting. The nose is pine, spruce, citrus, with a slight tinge of caramel malt. Fairly hoppy nose on this beer... nice. The taste follows the exact profile as the nose- the pine, spruce are really out front on the taste. Feel is medium, crisp, w/ major hop bite and a very dry finish. Overall, an interesting and good brew. Cheers.

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Photo of beertooth
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

This beer is a deep ruby red borderline dark amber color. There's a lofty two fingers of off white and egg shell colored head sitting on top.

The nose is mostly soapy spent (cascade?) hops. It's a little cheesy and herbal and I'm catching a lot of rainins, and bubble gum esters and some green bananas as well. It reminds me of a homebrewed imperial red ale.

The taste follows the nose. Cheesy, soapy spent hops and some sweeter malt backing. It's herbal and very estery. The alcohol isn't sticking out, but I could see how this could be a bit warming.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonated.

I've been on the fence about buying this because I've never really been impressed with anything from Victory except for fresh Hop Wallop. This beer isn't bad, but it's not really tipping my interest. With that in mind I will have a few more tonight because I have nothing else I want to crack open.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Cellarbrations Carlisle, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip. Thanks to bluebetty for grabbing this!

Pours a dark colour, a lot of red shows up against the light. Nice tan head of foam that laces very well and gets a bit of orange about it when agitated.

Chocolate, roasted and burnt chocolate comes through with the smell. Sensing a fair bit of hop-fade. Little bit of light pine late that comes in to show what was probably the brewers intention.

Taste is a mix of chocolate cookies, cocoa and some hop pine along with pine resin. Seems to work well, the chocolate first and the pine later.

Mouthfeel is full. Sweetness early and some bitterness late to even things out. Body is on the bigger side, adding some punch to this.

Even though it was sourced through the official channels, it doesn't seem to have the punch that was intended. Still, its a good go at the style. Plenty of chocolate in this, would still buy again. I do like how Victory seem to work with their beers, with this another beer that is just fun to drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How in the F is this a black ale? Don't they have to be dark colored? This one is a mixture of sunset colors like on the label. Brown, orange, red. Aroma of caramel more than hops. The label made me think hops. False advertising all around.

Taste did drop some hops. Not a ton, but more than the nose. A mix of brown malt, chocolate, honey, just a mix of all kinds of styles on this one.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard some, let's say, positive and negative things about this beer. I'd say, it's a bit split down the middle as far as the good and bad (with a little ugly thrown in).

GOOD: Looks stunning poured into my Unibroue Euro pint glass. The dark maroon color sits in wonderful contrast to the big creamy frothy magnificent off-white (w/ a tinge of the body color) head - very nice retention and stellar sheets of medium-thick lacing. Underneath the hops (which I'll get to in a sec), the malt base is fairly thick - porter-like - with a chocolaty/nutty (similar to box chocolates with peanuts) flavor, with some nice crystal and toasted malt accenting. Very nice - rich and candy sweet and it, at first, keeps the alcohol in check amazingly, however...

BAD/UGLY (depending on your taste): What is going on with the hop profile here?! I'll admit it's unique - unlike anything I've come across before. I'll try my best to describe it.

Fuzzy and fresh, forceful and caustic, and just really 'green', my immediate thoughts of the hop aroma was: cat piss, powder detergent, and pine air freshener - not something I'd readily associate with tasty beer. Truly assaulting in it's intensity. Carrying over to the taste, the hops (I'm assuming) now display again lots of pine and detergent, but now some nail polish remover (in combo with the emerging alcohol?) and flower petals. Up front, stepping aside, and returning in the finish, a sharp peppery bite. Hardly ideal for drinking, but strangely arranged to where I maintained curiosity as to how it would develop. What developed was the hold of stingy alcohol slowly cutting deeper through the middle.

I dug the malt profile that I somehow could discern through it all. A different hop combination could turn this into a winner. It's a vague reference, but my overall take on the hop flavors was a scent I remember vividly of a Styrofoam block used to hold a silk flower arrangement. Help me out with this if you know what I'm talking about.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. best by nov 16, 2010.

A- this one pours out a clear dark brown colored body with ruby highlights when held up to the light. a rather large fluffy khaki colored head. the head lasts the entirety of my drink and leaves behind solid walls of lacing.

S- the main attraction here is grapefruit. faint semisweet dark malts and maybe a bit of chocolate. pretty simple.

T- the taste is more complex. sweet dark malts upfront. coffee and chocolate follow that. the end is an enormous blast of bitter grapefruit-like hops.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. leaves the mouth very dry.

D- easy to finish. more of a DIPA than a strong ale. i found it to be mediocre overall.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from the Whole Foods Store in Plymouth Meetin, PA. Deep rich copper pour with 2 finger head, calming down to a light froth during the drinking stage. Nose of hops, and the taste was a great combination of malts and hops, combining sweet with bitter. For an ale, I enjoyed this offering, it treated me to the appreciation of fine brewed ales, which I was not appreciating until this point, being a stout/porter lover, and shied away from hop brews!

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky mahogany brown with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing finally to a thick film and a medium collar with some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, herbal and floral hops with notes of caramel, licorice, citrus (grapefruit), a very mild scent of chocolate and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was a little malty and bitter sweet with hints of licorice and caramel from the onset and finished with a nice bold hoppy taste and had notes of citrus, a bit of smoke and a slight notion of alcohol. The flavor hung around for a really nice long time with a pronounced hoppiness overshadowing everything else at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall a brew that settled rather nicely on the taste buds, with a good mix of flavors which virtually hides most of the high ABV...

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Photo of appenzeller
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Smells pungently of pine and American hop varieties. Taste is decidedly bitter, some chocolaty malts evident but the hops play center stage here, and they are of good quality for those not feint of heart. This is basically an IPA, a good but not great one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head, not much lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is Toasty, nutty and malty. Hazelnut in particular. Pine and coffee. Some roasted malt in the taste. Has a burnt element and decent piney hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. It is a very complex beer and hardto appreciate all of its elements. May be a little too complex.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour unveisl a medium cola and light garnet colored beer. Nice light tan head that recedes a few minutes after the pour with no sipping. The aroma is a sweet orange and grapefruit thats candied from the fruity yeast and sugary malt aromas. Makes me think of a Northwestern IPA and a Belgian dark ale in aroma. The taste starts bitter upfront, but the citrus peels the hops impart sweeten with some coaxing. Medium toasted, faintly roasted malts help give the hops a more marmalade and melba toast flavor. While some Belgian like yeast impart some bitter dried peaches. This is a bitter beer with a gristy feel, especially on the the very back of my palate. As if I'm swallowing some of the grains down after each sip.

Interesting beer, but the difference between bitter and sweet has no harmony in my opinion.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice red-amber color, not at all black, certainly dark for an IPA. A thick light-mocha coloerd head looks healthy with slow retention.

Sweet-syruppy caramel and oak woodiness in the malt with a quick whiff. Pepper, sweet floral, citric sharpness and a strange sour-dark-wheat aroma with a bit of oatmeal.

The first sip reveals a true Hop monster, Big juicy and also earthy dry bite, citric sharp bite like grapefruit. The malt can olny provide slight relief to the relentless hop massacre of the tastebuds. The dry and bitter tang ranks right up there at the top with any big hop bombs. A heavy, smooth medium-to full feel, slightly too dry becomes chalky in the finish, almost hidden with the smoothness.

a dial 911 hop attack.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a big, tan head. Settles to a finger thick crown across the top. Ruby to mahogany in color. Thin and sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Earthy. Pungent. Caramel notes.
T) Hop bite all the way through from start to finish. The malt comes in half way through. Roasty notes and dark chocolate.
M) Medium body. Low carbonation and fairly smooth. Dry in the finish with a lingering tannin feel. A slight syrupy feel.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another one.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good

S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note

T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don't quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy

MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive

Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap't Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,659 ratings.
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